Dr. John Roueche credits his success to many mentors: His father who fought in World War II. His mother who worked two jobs. His nanny who taught him the value of diversity and inclusion in a segregated, working-class town in North Carolina. His grandfather who taught him to read confidently at an early age by encouraging him to recite scripture in church. His history teacher who didn’t let him drop out of college when the textile mill where he worked closed down.